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Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Stateless Heritage: Dheisheh Refugee Camp World Heritage Nomination

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 am - 7 pm

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) in collaboration with Luca Capuano



Do refugee camps have a history? Is the camp just a site of misery or does it produce values that need to be acknowledged and protected? What would happen to the camp if the Dheisheh refugee camp were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site? And how should the notion of heritage change in order to acknowledge the camp’s condition?
Stateless Heritage is an attempt to understand and practice refugeeness beyond humanitarianism. It is not enough to rethink the refugee camp as a political space. We must understand refugees as a being in exile and exile as a current political practice capable of challenging the status quo. Recognizing the heritage of a culture of exile is the perspective from which social, spatial, and political structures can be imagined and experienced beyond the idea of the nation-state.


Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee International Programme for Visual Artists
Van Abbemuseum
Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai
the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Art and Theory Publishing

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